JLL appoints IBM leader as Americas CEO for Corporate Solutions

Sanjay Rishi joins JLL from IBM as Americas CEO for Corporate Solutions.

The position had previously been held by John Forrest, who acted in the dual role of Global and Americas CEO for Corporate Solutions since 2014. He will now fully focus on the Global CEO position for Corporate Solutions.

These changes reflect strong business growth across geographic regions and industry sectors, according to the announcement, as more organisations look to JLL to help them drive strategic value from their corporate real estate and workplace portfolios.

“Digital transformation and a multi-generational workforce are fundamentally reshaping how work gets done,” said John Forrest, Global CEO, Corporate Solutions, JLL. “Sanjay is a visionary leader with a 25-year track record of driving complex businesses and transformational change. His deep experience in both the professional services and technology sectors will help us deliver on our mission to create, shape and manage the future of work for our clients.”

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Going from one global power to another

Rishi joins JLL from IBM, where he established and led the company’s global Cloud Consulting Services organisation. In that role, he ran a team that helped IBM clients use technologies like cloud, big data, artificial intelligence, the internet of things and analytics to drive business innovation.

Prior to joining IBM, Rishi was CIO and Group Vice President – Information Technology and Strategic Planning for Johnson Controls Automotive, and also was a partner at PwC.

“It’s such an exciting time to join the real estate industry, as technology and rapid change in today’s business climate revolutionise the way companies use their real estate and what they need from their workplaces,” Rishi said. “I’m delighted to join JLL’s leadership team to deliver the best services and digital solutions to clients.”

Sanjay Rishi will bring a wealth of experience to his new role at JLL.
Sanjay Rishi will bring a wealth of experience to his new role at JLL.

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Latest in a series

Rishi’s appointment is the latest in a series of new talent that JLL has recruited from outside the real estate industry. Most recently, former Google executive Vinay Goel joined JLL as Chief Digital Product Officer, Corporate Solutions.

Additionally, last year JLL brought on two Silicon Valley veterans to launch JLL Spark, a global division dedicated to identifying and delivering new technology-driven real estate service offerings.

JLL’s global Corporate Solutions business helps clients across industry sectors drive strategic value from their corporate real estate portfolios. The team of more than 37,000 professionals operates in 80 countries to deliver strategy, services and technology across the real estate life cycle to 500+ clients globally

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